Terrarium/tank stand build log.
I finally gave into the Petco $1 a gallon sale and bought a 40 breeder, let me tell you there is a large range of construction quality between one tank and the next so take your time and find a good one if your planning on buying one from them.
Anyway now I need to build a stand and here is the design I've worked up. I should start building it in the next few days if everything goes well and the weather stays nice.
I'm building this stand with an extra slot for another tank later in the future. I have no plans to ever fill these tanks with water maybe half full.
Any suggestions or corrections are always welcome.
40 Breeder Stand by randallsimpson, on Flickr
40 Breed Stand 2 X 4 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
Ended up starting this this evening, but quickly ran out of daylight. I switched out the base 2 X 4 for 2 X 6 to get the bottom tank off the floor some more.
That end piece can easily support my weight and I'm not a small guy.
DSC_1086 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
I ended up making it higher than I originally planned so it now stands at 36". I got the 2 side supports done and next I need to attached the front supports.
DSC_1089 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
Looking good rss. What's going in the tank?
I'll be using it as a nursery tank for leaf pulls, seedlings and the like. Over the last 2 months I've de-flasked a few orchids species and want to automate the watering.
Little progress from today, we did a fit trial to make sure the tank would actually fit. Next up is the bracing.
DSC_1090 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
Added the 2 cross beams in the top/bottom and added 2 supports for the light bars. First coat of stain is done!
DSC_1115 by randallsimpson, on Flickr
4 @ 2 X 4 X 10 - $4.22 each = $16.88 (We went with the better looking wood as we did not know if we were going to use a light or dark stain, cheaper options are available)
2 @ 2 X 6 X 8 - $4.76 each = $9.52 (We went with the better looking wood as we did not know if we were going to use a light or dark stain, cheaper options are available)
2 @ #10 4" Deck Screws - $9.37 each = $18.74 (Cheaper options available)
1 @ #9 2 1/2" Deck Screws - $7.99 (Cheaper options available)
1 @ 15 Pack Orbital Sanding Paper = $7.98 (Cheaper options available)
1 @ Quart Stain = $9.49
1 @ 10 Pack Paint Rags $3.97 (Could use old T-Shirts, I've used all mine up by now)
3 @ 1 1/2" Brush - $1.79 each = $5.37 (Cheaper options available, could just use the cloths + 1 brush for the Polyurethane)
1 @ 1/2 Pint Polyurethane $6.47
So far $77.04 + A lot of hours. You could probably get the cheaper options for around $35-40.
I had made a similar style stand in college from leftover 2x4s my landlord gave me. Yours, however, looks a good bit prettier and well-planned. Does that thing weigh as much as it looks like it does?
Curious...what sort of automated watering system are you going to go for?
I can still lift if by myself, its more bulky than heavy at this point. It should look a lot better after the 2nd coat + poly.
I'm going with a simple flood/drain system, right now I'm manually moving a lot of plants into a watering bin once a week, this will automate that so I just pump water into the tank and drain it out after a hour or so. Will cut a lot of my watering down.
I should start working on the tank part late this week.